Host Site & Supervisor Information

UNE student intern Sarah Fleischmann cross country skis outside of the Kennebunk Conservation TrustThank you for considering hosting a student intern from UNE’s College of Arts and Sciences. Becoming a host site is a simple process, and a wonderful commitment that will benefit your organization in many ways. This page will guide you through the process.

As a host site, you stand to benefit in many ways. Our students are competent, focused men and women committed to consistently performing at their best. They are attentive and reliable.

They bring fresh ideas, strong capabilities, facility with new technologies, discipline-specific expertise, and positive attitudes to their internships.

For each credit for which a student intern registers, they complete 40 internship hours with the host site. Typical internships vary from 1-15 credits (40-600 hours) per semester. We expect you to provide student interns with a start date, end date, and schedule that allows them to accumulate the hours they need to complete the internship.

You may host an intern during the Spring semester (mid January – mid May), Summer semester (mid May – mid August), or Fall semester (mid September – mid December).

Internships may be part-time, full-time, seasonal, or continuing.

Steps to becoming and being a host site

Advertise your internship position with UNE

If you would like to submit an advertisement for an internship position, please download, complete and submit the two-page Internship Position Announcement.

Interview and “hire” a student, and arrange a work schedule

Similar to hiring a new employee, we suggest you screen and interview student candidates who contact you. Be sure to discuss a work schedule that meets both your needs and the student’s.

Read and sign the internship pre-approval forms

Once you and a student agree to work together and have arranged a schedule, the student will provide an Internship Pre-Approval Packet. The student will ask you to read and sign the forms he or she has prepared.

Provide the student with an orientation

To maximize the student’s learning opportunities, please provide a thorough orientation of your site and introduction to all of your appropriate personnel. This will help the student engage in their professional field of study from a broad perspective so that they can perform their duties to the fullest.

Provide training pertinent to the student intern's position

Students are often entry-level professionals and typically need training in order to best complete their tasks. As learners, students strive to understand the whole picture, while simultaneously they are curious about the details. A well trained student is an investment in your site as well as your field of practice in general.

Provide supervision and guidance as needed throughout the semester

Once a student has completed the orientation and training, some supervision throughout the semester is warranted. Supervision helps a student follow procedures and protocol and provides regular feedback so they can continue to learn and thrive. Please make arrangements to provide regular supervision of your student intern. You should strive to communicate regularly, make suggestions, correct mistakes, and further train and develop your intern.

Complete and submit the supervisor evaluation form

Near to the end of the internship, you will be asked to complete a short Supervisor Evaluation of the student’s performance. This evaluation may be shared with the student as part of their academic learning, and will be used by the University in determining the student’s grade.